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Friday, 14 September 2012

It's a Welshten - Bill is coming!!!

Official records show that some 80,000 Welshmen made their home in the place now known as the Wild West, though the true figure is likely to have been much higher. This is the story of one of those men. William Williams, otherwise known as Wild Bill Williams, is no stranger to trouble. It seems to follow him like a shadow. But even as a survivor of the Little Big Horn, as he claims, he has never before had to face the kind of trouble that he finds in the town of Stanton. When the bullets start to fly and the blood begins to run, Wild Bill is never far behind.

Next month will see the publication of my fourth Black Horse Western hardcover, when Wild Bill Williams goes on sale at the end of October. The book, like my other Black Horse titles, will only get a limited print run and likely sell out pretty quickly, so preordering is the best way to ensure you get a copy. A good thing about pre-ordering is that no money will be deducted from bank accounts until the book is sent out, and often readers get their copies a few days before official publication.

Pre-order UK HERE
pre-order USA HERE

Let's talk a little about Will Bill.

Bill, full name William Williams hails from the small Welsh village of Gilfach Goch. I know Gilfach well since, like Bill, I too was born and raised there. -  He had been born a Welshman; in a village called Gilfach Goch, a name that was unpronounceable to all but himself. But as a young man of fifteen summers, with no compulsion to go and work in the coalmines, those same mines that had aged his father beyond his years, he had had set out in search of adventure and found himself stowed away on a ship making the Atlantic crossing to the United States. He’d landed in New York and after a few aimless years had started out West in search of the future he had in mind for himself. 

For a young man during this period, especially one from industrial South Wales, America sounded like a distant promised land. It was a land of riches, Bill thought, where gold dust fell like rain from the sky. Of course Bill soon finds that the reality isn't quite like that, but nevertheless he takes to the life of a happy go lucky drifter, and finds that when his feet are on the open trail, nothing but the big sky above him, he is truly content. And besides, Bill often reasons, his riches are just around the next bend.

“Go West, Young Man, and grow up with the country”, The New York Tribune had advised in striking headlines that had filled men such as Bill Williams with optimism for a future on the rugged frontier. It had seemed Bill’s destiny to follow the westward trail. What that destiny was no one, Bill included, knew. 

  • Hardcover: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Robert Hale Ltd (31 Oct 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 070909633X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0709096337

1 comment:

Bill Williams said...

toreicg Hi There, I just spent a little time reading through your posts, which I found entirely by mistake whilst researching one of my projects. Please continue to write more because it’s unusual that someone has something interesting to say about this. Will be waiting for more!